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There are so many blood pressure monitors today that it is easy to get confused. Between the digital monitors, manual inflation, automatic inflation, mercury monitors, BP monitors for the arm, for the wrist, and even for the finger, it's natural that you don't know where to start...

There are two categories that you can fall into...

1. Home Use
Measuring your own blood pressure at home. This decision will be fairly straight forward and this article will hopefully assist you in making that decision. We'll cover a few options that should be beneficial.

2. Clinical Use
If you're in the health industry, you probably already know what you want, or know the criteria that has to be met by the successful candidate. Whether its a digital monitor or an aneroid sphygmomanometer, you'll be able to use the resources that we've provided here, in this article.


Home Use

Let's have a look at the different types of blood pressure monitors that can be considered for home use...

Digital Manual Monitors - Digital monitors automatically measures the diastolic and systolic blood pressure and then displays the results on an LCD monitor. Manually speaking, you'll need to pump the cuff yourself. It provides you with the instructions as to how much to inflate it, but is slightly inconvenient.

Digital Automatic Monitors - Identical to the above descriptions, except that the machine will inflate the cuff for you. Once the cuff has been placed on your arm, all you need to do is press a button and then wait for the results. Obviously, digital automatic monitors are among the most popular types of blood pressure monitors for the home. The Automatic Wrist Monitors are exactly the same as the digital automatic monitor, except that the cuff is placed on the wrist, rather than the upper arm. Although easier to use because it is on the wrist, it is also more expensive.

Automatic Finger Monitors - Similar to the above, automatic monitors, you can measure your blood pressure by placing your finger in a small plastic tube that is attached to the machine. Although incredibly convenient, the automatic finter monitor may not be quite as reliable as the above monitors. A much weaker blood flow reaches your finger, compared to your upper arm and wrist, which may result in readings that are not entirely accurate or repeatable.

The digital automatic monitor is your best choice if you're looking for easy use. If you think that placing the cuff on your upper arm may be difficult, the wrist monitor is then your best choice. However, if money is a factor, you can save about $30.00 if you buy the manual inflation monitor, which is not that much of an inconvenience.

Now that you have a clearer understanding of the differences between the blood pressure monitors, let's discuss some sample monitors, and where you can find them...

If you don't separate them by type, you could spend anywhere between $40.00 upwards of $200.00, for a blood pressure monitor. $40.00 being the manual inflation monitor, $70.00 and up for the automatic inflation monitors, and then $120.00 and up for the wrist monitors.

Omron Manual Inflation Monitor
As the leading supplier of blood pressure monitors for the home, Omron is a well established brand within the medical equipment industry. Their machine is digital, but it requires you to inflate the cuff manually. The price for this specific monitor is $41.80.

Omron Automatic Inflation Monitor
This is Omron's lowest priced fully automatic blood pressure monitor. Priced under $75.00, it is probably the best buy for most at home users.

Portable Wrist Monitor
The easiest to use, and fully automatic, the Omron protable wrist monitor is the ultimate in functionality. The monitor sites on top of the cuff, making it ideal if you have trouble placing the cuff on your upper arm with one hand. At just above $100.00, you'll have to decide if the easy functionality is worth the extra money.

Omron Finger Monitor
Despite the arument over the accuracy of the finger monitor, in comparison to its traditional counterparts, some are drawn to the portablility option and how easy it is to use. At $100.00 the wrist monitor is probably the better buy.

  It should save you money to buy a blood pressure monitor on line, but many on line retailers are no less expensive than the street merchants these days. However, there are still some places, on line, where you can get 10-15% off retail, and street retail, prices. Web sites like Vitalitymedical.com. This site generally sells BP monitors about 10-15% below retail price and also offers easy ordering and great customer care.


Clinical Use

Many health professionals choose the reliability of the aneroid or mercury sphygmomanometer.

If you work in the health idustry and want something more specialized, you may want to try the web site, AllHeart.com. This site seems to have the most complete and comprehensive range of sphygmomanometers. Their products include Welch allyn, Nurse Mates, Heine, and Baumanometer. Pediatric Sphygmomanometers can also be found at AllHeart.com.

Click here to visit Allheart.com

Now, even if you are in the market for a blood pressure monitor, for clinical use, you may still want the easy to use electronic blood pressure monitor. Omron also offers a higher quality machine, designed for commercial use, but does not offer it at commercial prices. It can be found for a reasonable price.

Click here for Omron IntelliSense Blood Pressure Monitors








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